LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime has signed two big-screen veterans to play key roles on upcoming series.
The premium network has cast English actress Joanne Whalley as the female lead in its Renaissance crime drama “The Borgias,” and Brian Cox for a role in its late-summer comedy “The Big C.”
Whalley will play Vanossa, mother of the Borgia children who were fathered by Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) before he became one of history’s most infamous popes. Vanossa once was a courtesan with a disreputable past. “Borgias” premieres next year.
Whalley has played several roles on the small screen, including the title character in the 1994 TV miniseries “Scarlett” and the 2000 TV movie “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.”
Meanwhile, Cox will appear in an unspecified number of episodes on the cancer comedy “Big C” as lead Laura Linney’s father. It will premiere August 16 after the sixth-season debut of “Weeds.” The actor has been a steady performer in movies and TV, with recent small-screen efforts including roles in “Deadwood” and “Kings.”